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Morpheus wins Merit Award at the Quality Building Award 2020

Morpheus hotel at City of Dreams in Macau has won the Merit Award at the Quality Building Award (QBA) 2020, in the ‘Building Outside Hong Kong’ category.

Celebrating its landmark tenth edition with the theme ‘Transforming Communities - Build with Heart and Care’ the QBA award recognises buildings of outstanding quality, working holistically within the communities they serve.

Opened in 2018, Morpheus hotel at was designed as a vertical extrusion of the site’s existing abandoned foundations for a condominium tower that did not progress; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores connected at podium and roof levels where the hotel’s many guest amenities were required.

Three horizontal vortices generate the voids through the central atrium and define the hotel’s spectacular interior public spaces. In-between these voids, a series of bridges create unique spaces for restaurants, bars & lounges.

Working with BuroHappold Engineering, Zaha Hadid Architects designed the building’s structure to optimise the hotel’s interiors. The world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, its rich pattern of structural members at lower levels progresses upwards to a less dense grid of lighter members at its summit.

In 2018, TIME Magazine listed Morpheus Hotel as one of the World’s Greatest Places based on key factors including quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence. Morpheus was also voted ArchDaily’s Building of the Year’ (BOTY) in the hospitality category while Popular Science Magazine included the hotel in their list ‘Best of What New’.

Morpheus was also named a winner of the 2019 National Geographic Magazine’s ‘Big Sleep Awards’ and received the Prix Versailles Award for Central and Northeast Asia.

Photograph by Ivan Dupont